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Tuesday morning notes: Jones arrives with repaired knee

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andruw Jones could not have played the outfield regularly last season. His left knee was sore enough that he required regular treatments, drainings and cortisone shots to keep him in a platoon role. An offseason surgery, he believes, cleaned up the problem and he reported to camp this morning to do some early work on the field.

“It was bad,” Jones said. “I’m not going to lie to you. It didn’t affect me whatsoever (in terms of performance). It affected me that I couldn’t stay on the field the whole game or play a little more if they needed me, but it’s one of those things that I just had to deal with and try to grind it all the way through the season, and when the season was over, try and address it.”

Jones said he focused on conditioning this season. He was able to do more running after the knee was repaired, so he ran and did agility drills, focusing on those areas more than lifting. He seems roughly the same size as last season, but Jones said he’s been moving much better.

“I feel great,” he said. “I’ve been running a lot. My goal was to get back in great playing shape and be a little lighter on my legs so I can go out there and play any time they call my name.”

After Mariano Rivera strongly hinted at retirement, Dave Robertson was asked this morning about the possibility of taking over the ninth inning next season. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” Robertson said. “He may have hinted, but you never know. He could Brett Favre us.”

Robertson said he won’t look at this year any differently. His job is to get the ball to Rivera in the ninth, not think about whether he’s watching Rivera for the last time. Told that Joe Girardi had announced Robertson would return to the eighth-inning role this season, Robertson only smiled. “You mean I made the team?” he said.

Jones is now wearing No. 22, with his old number 18 given to Hiroki Kuroda. Jones said he wasn’t given time to negotiate a price for giving up the number, but when the Yankees asked him about it, he said he didn’t mind. “Why not let him do it?” he said.

Lots of hugs in the clubhouse this morning for Bill Hall, who was moving some stuff into his locker. Hall’s been around the game for a long time and has a great reputation as a clubhouse guy. He was laughing and talking with Jones, CC Sabathia, Joba Chamberlain, Kevin Long and Butch Wynegar.

Still no locker assigned to Raul Ibanez. That deal has not been officially announced, so I imagine we won’t see his name above a locker until he’s officially with the team.

Basically, all of the big league guys threw bullpens yesterday — plus borderline candidates like D.J. Mitchell and Cesar Cabral — and today, all of the bulpen sessions are from guys either fighting for that last spot in the pen or from guys with no legitimate shot of breaking camp with the team.

Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano did not throw bullpens yesterday, and neither is scheduled to throw one today. No surprise. Those two don’t require nearly as many innings as the other guys.

Today’s bullpen assignments:

Group 1
Manny Delcarmen (to Russell Martin)
George Kontos (to Francisco Cervelli)
Mike O’Connor (to Austin Romine)
David Phelps (to Gustavo Molina)
Adam Warren (to Jose Gil)

Group 2
Adam Miller (to J.R. Murphy)
Brett Marshall (to Gary Sanchez)
Ryan Pope (to Kyle Higashioka)
Clay Rapada (to Jose Gil)
Kevin Whelan (to Gustavo Molina)

Group 3
Dan Burawa (to Francisco Cervelli)
Juan Cedeno (to J.R. Murphy)
Graham Stoneburner (to Gary Sanchez)
Chase Whitley (to Kyle Higashioka)

Batting practice groups:

Group 1: David Adams, Justin Maxwell, Andruw Jones
Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Russell Martin, Austin Romine, Gustavo Molina
Group 3: Jose Gil, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, J.R. Murphy

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90 Responses to “Tuesday morning notes: Jones arrives with repaired knee”

  1. LGY February 21st, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Andruw seems like a good dude. Not hard to see why he became so well liked in the clubhouse.

  2. Chad Jennings February 21st, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Mick Kelleher is currently working one-on-one with David Adams, having him field slow rolling ground balls with no glove at second base.

    On the same field, Rob Thomson is working one-on-one with Justin Maxwell, hitting fly balls and grounders into left field.

  3. Erin February 21st, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Gossip Break:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesi.....LsRvFA5M0N

  4. LGY February 21st, 2012 at 11:12 am

    David Adams is alive?

  5. Erin February 21st, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Gossip Break: Yankee Offspring Edition

    AmberSabathia Who says 4 kids can’t fit on one cart? Mine can! Thanks Target for supplying a XL version. http://twitter.com/AmberSabath.....73/photo/1

  6. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Andrew looked done to me early last year…..I didn’t know about the knee but he was cheating so bad at the plate I thought he was cooked……by the end of the year though some bat speed had returned and he really was putting together some of the best ABs on the team

  7. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I wonder how much you have to tip to have a restaurant heat up your own food. But then again, as they say, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

  8. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Sure, Jones is popular in the Clubhouse, but he remains one of those guys that should be saying goodbye instead of hello. He was supposedly a sure-fire HOF’er 6-7yrs ago, yet decided to put it on cruise control and just take the $$$. Too many players with Far less talent have spilled their guts attempting to make The Show, to embrace this prima donna. An absolute waste of talent, and a guy that mocks what The Game is ALL about.

  9. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:21 am

    @ DONNYBROOK, I HIGHLY doubt that is true about Andruw Jones. Ever hear of a thing called, oh I dunno, AGING?

    Jones came up to the big leagues at an extremely young age and as a result may have had his prime years earlier than most. Thus in his 30s, he is declining. A waste of talent? A guy that MOCKS the game?

    Gotta love people that have no idea what they’re talking about, wow. How is he MOCKING the game? That’s one of the dumbest things I have ever read, even from this blog, even from YOU.

  10. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Jones put up a 122 OPS+ last season. That’s hardly goodbye worthy.

  11. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:24 am

    @ Rich, exactly. And with his knee repaired, he may get more playing time this year. And with how well he hit after the ASB, I hope he does play more.

  12. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I think if Jones is serious about the game again than the talent is still there at 34…..he really looked good late last year to me…..started using the whole field more….

  13. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Ever since his atrocious year with the Dodgers in 2008, his OPS has risen each year.

  14. Erin February 21st, 2012 at 11:27 am

    eboland11 David Robertson signing for fans http://yfrog.com/oc6ofmgj

  15. 86w183 February 21st, 2012 at 11:28 am

    You could fairly criticize Jones for letting himself get way out of shape and that certainly derailed a Hall of Fame career. But they guy never quit on his team, never failed to give effort that I’m aware of.

    If he’s completely healthy he could force his way into the lineup in more situations than just against LHP. That would be good for all concerned.

    Also, a comment regarding Pineda at the end of last post:

    Pineda isn’t being sent down folks. He was SEVENTH among all MLB starters in K/9innings and second among AL starters.

    He is a big time talent and definitely major league ready. He will refine his change up in March, April, May………

    Trying to manipulate his arbitration eligibility is not something the Yanks have EVER done and it wouldn’t affect his 2014 earning power anyway, it would only affect 2013.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 21st, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Have had company so haven’t been around the forum, so if this is old news, I won’t be surprised. But just in case -

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Anthony Federico, the ESPN online editor fired Sunday for a headline about New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, is a 2006 graduate of Providence College.

    Federico, who is from North Haven, Conn., expressed remorse in an interview with the New York Daily News for writing the headline “A Chink in the Armor.”

    The headline, which followed the Knicks’ loss Friday to the New Orleans Hornets — their first since Lin took over as starting point guard — was criticized as offensive to Asian-Americans, but Federico told the Daily News that it was a phrase he had used “at least 100 times” in headlines over the years.

    Federico said he understood why he was fired, saying “ESPN did what they had to do.”

    Not, “ESPN did the right thing.” “ESPN did what they had to do.”

    Which, knowing ESPN, probably is the case (the former that is…)

    Good day y’all. Can’t wait ’til company leaves so I can get back to normal (the forum, Jeremy Lin, etc.)

    :)

  17. Ys Guy February 21st, 2012 at 11:31 am

    i hope drob enjoys his popularity this year, b/c he’s my #1 pick for most hated man on lohud next season…

  18. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I think Soriano would succeed Mo because the Yankees realize that it’s so tough a job.

  19. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 11:32 am

    It’s all about attitude, appreciating The Game, and what you do with the God given talent you have been graced with. Numbers have Nothing to do with it. I watched Jones a lot when he “played” in LA, and the guy Dogged it to NO end. The continued weight problems dating back to then, were physically indicative of his state of mind. It is only natural for some of you to defend Anyone wearing the interlocking NY. To me, respect for The Game is Paramount. I’ll root for “Jones the Player” to succeed, as that will aid the Yankee cause. But “Jones the Man” issa Mutt.

  20. Tom in N.J. February 21st, 2012 at 11:33 am

    “Knicks winning streak is gone in a LINstant”

  21. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:36 am

    “Trying to manipulate his arbitration eligibility is not something the Yanks have EVER done and it wouldn’t affect his 2014 earning power anyway, it would only affect 2013.”

    They’ve never been this money conscious either though …..I.don’t think they’ll do it either

  22. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:36 am

    @ 86w183, agreed on both points.

    You can criticize him for getting out of shape, but I’ve been reading this blog for a while and I just find most of what Donny says is absolutely insane, including him saying he has disgraced the game and should basically retire LOL, that is just hilarious beyond belief.

    As for Pineda there is a 0% chance he gets sent down, and there is NO need to send him down. Some of you act like he got shelled last year. He had a very good year last year. He’s electrifying, and definitely MLB ready. He has 6 weeks to refine his change up and to a lesser extent his two seamer. Almost all young pitchers in his style start out throwing only their two best pitches. CC didn’t have the same arsenal now that he did when he was Pineda’s age. Let the kid pitch.

  23. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Sox got Chris Carpenter (no not that one) for Theo……so basically they got a marginal guy who is probably a reliever.

  24. Shame Spencer February 21st, 2012 at 11:37 am

    “You could fairly criticize Jones for letting himself get way out of shape and that certainly derailed a Hall of Fame career. But they guy never quit on his team, never failed to give effort that I’m aware of.”

    Aren’t these kid of conflicting notions?

  25. Chip February 21st, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I’ve been upfront with my feelings on the DH spot – that I didn’t want any of the geezers available. So that said I’m fine with them picking Ibanez over Damon but I just wish they were honest about it.

    I get that he can’t do it, but if Cashman had come out and said “look, we need another LH bat, none of these are really good options so we just went with the one who is least expensive and probably has the most HR potential” could anyone have argued with that logic? Saying Ibanez was the choice because of his defense was a pretty pathetic smoke screen.

  26. Chip February 21st, 2012 at 11:38 am

    blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Sox got Chris Carpenter (no not that one) for Theo……so basically they got a marginal guy who is probably a reliever.
    ————

    Former Yankee draft pick.

  27. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Sox fans hoping for Matt Garza are devastated

  28. RespectTheGame February 21st, 2012 at 11:40 am

    He’ was a Yankee this year and last so let’s deal with the ‘now’. Jones ran to first base harder than Cano. Considering how bad his knee was, I’d say he respects the game. Some people change, you say he dogged it in LA, but that doesn’t mean he’s that way anymore. If we talk about Yankees not respecting the game because they didn’t take care of themselves, that opens a big can of worms. Mantle then has to be included in that group.

  29. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 11:40 am

    And the Braun Watch continues…………………………………..

  30. Chip February 21st, 2012 at 11:41 am

    blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Sox fans hoping for Matt Garza are devastated
    ————–

    Gammons thinks it’s a travesty that the Sox didn’t get Garza and Starlin Castro.

  31. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Carpenter throws gas….just doesn’t know where its going.

  32. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I HIGHLY doubt he was “dogging it”. I have been on baseball boards and blogs for the better part of a decade, and I can’t COUNT how many people claim player X is “dogging it.” I really, really just don’t see it. If everything people on message boards said is true in this regard, then every player who has ever played has done the same thing. My explanation is that people just don’t like a player, for no particular reason, and try and justify it. On the yankees.com boards one person hated Bobby Abreu with a passion, and tried to justify it by saying he didn’t hustle. Which is really funny, because every damn ground ball he hit I saw him bust it down the line. Sure he was afraid of walls, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t hustle.

    If you actually think Jones didn’t try as hard as he could’ve, good for you. All I know is I never saw him do that as a Brave or a Yankee, which is the primary uniforms he’s been wearing when I have seen him play. Maybe 2008 was just a bad year, people have them. he was way overweight, yes, but it’s hardly enough to crucify and condemn him lol.

  33. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 11:45 am

    When it comes to Jones, you got some guys on this Blog that actually played The Game, and understand what I’m talking about. And then along come the Numbers People. Enough said.

  34. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Red Sox Receive Chris Carpenter, PTBNL As Epstein Compensation

    By Tim Dierkes [February 21 at 10:37am CST]

    The Red Sox received 26-year-old righty reliever Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein, tweets Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. The Red Sox placed Bobby Jenks on the 60-day DL to create a 40-man roster spot. Epstein said in a statement:

    “I am relieved that this process is over and particularly pleased that the teams were able to reach agreement on their own without intervention from MLB. I truly hope and believe that this resolution will benefit both clubs, as well as Chris, who is an extremely talented reliever joining a great organization at a time when there’s some opportunity in the major league bullpen. More than anything, I’m excited that we can all move forward and focus exclusively on getting ready for the season. I wish Chris and the Red Sox nothing but the best in 2012 and beyond.”
    ——–

    Translation …..Im so glad Boston trusted us to give them something “significant ” and let me go before getting it

  35. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Yea, and Willie Sutton wanted to put the money back after being caught.

  36. Chip February 21st, 2012 at 11:47 am

    blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Carpenter throws gas….just doesn’t know where its going.
    —————————

    Such is the plight of most young pitchers.

  37. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:47 am

    @ RespectTheGame, very well said. Last year, I didn’t see him not run out a grounder. I don’t know what he did in 2008, but clearly a lot of stuff was happening as he hit under .200 and was not in shape.

    I am just sick and tired of people saying things like player X doesn’t have heart or player X “dogs” it. Those are things I just don’t get how people can see sometimes. Sometimes it is obvious, but the vast majority of the time, people are just making crap up because they don’t like the player.

  38. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Maybe some of the strong leadership in the Yanks clubhouse and work ethic rubbed off on Andrew…….I know late in the year I liked seeing him at the plate….

  39. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Donny, show me one example last year where he dogged it. I’d like to see it. I think a guy is allowed one year (2008) where things just aren’t right. Forgive and forget.

    He was bustin it down the line each time, on a bum knee no less. You can’t say he doesn’t respect the game. Someone like Manny Ramirez, who walks down to 1B on balls he hits and showboats non stop, someone like that I would say doesn’t respect the game. Andruw Jones? Disagree.

    Nothing to do with numbers, I just don’t see how he disrespects the game.

  40. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Its unbelievable that spring training has started and the Brewers still don’t know if they’ll have their MVP left fielder for the first 50 games……..something weird is going on and I wont be shocked at all if hes cleared.

    If so….MLB better have very detailed reasons or the media will go bananas

  41. Hassey February 21st, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Sabathia already regaining the weight?

    http://www.bronxgoblin.com/con.....eight-loss

  42. LGY February 21st, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I wonder how much you have to tip to have a restaurant heat up your own food. But then again, as they say, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

    ———

    What did I miss?

  43. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:54 am

    @ Blake, Andruw Jones said his mother talked to him over the ASB and told him his stance looked off. She kept telling him to “look at his old tapes” of when he was younger. Sure enough, he did, corrected something in his stance and had a wonderful second half. Kind of a funny story I remember them talking about on the YES network late in the season.

  44. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:54 am

    “Nothing to do with numbers, I just don’t see how he disrespects the game.”

    Don’t try to argue with Donny’s eyes….

  45. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:56 am

    “@ Blake, Andruw Jones said his mother talked to him over the ASB and told him his stance looked off.”

    Momma knows best.

  46. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 11:56 am

    LGY

    Erin’s first link

  47. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 11:58 am

    LOL, I guess we will just agree to disagree. I’ve been a longtime lurker, first started posting the last few days and I disagree with about 75% of everything Donny says, and I think most of what he says is absolutely insane. I can tell he knows what he is talking about, is smart and all, I just disagree with a lot of what he says.

    Oddly enough, blake, I happen to agree with almost everything you have written this off season haha.

  48. Ys Guy February 21st, 2012 at 11:58 am

    if jones needs to quit because he let himself get out of shape, then mickey mantle, phil hughes, lance berkman, cecil fielder, mickey lolitch, david wells (just a bunch off the top of my head) shoudnt have been allowed to play either. the fact is that jones even if he is dogging it, is better than any career minor leaguer who ‘gives his all every day.’ if having heart and playing the game right were the deciding factor, i’d be in camp today, but not alot of people would pay to watch me strike out 50 times in a row.

  49. blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:59 am

    So why did the Sox trade their SS again?

  50. Erin February 21st, 2012 at 11:59 am

    LGY February 21st, 2012 at 11:54 am
    I wonder how much you have to tip to have a restaurant heat up your own food. But then again, as they say, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

    ???

    What did I miss?

    *****************

    This is why you shouldn’t ignore gossip breaks, LGY. :P

  51. blake February 21st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    “Oddly enough, blake, I happen to agree with almost everything you have written this off season haha”

    That’s dangerous……welcome by the way.

  52. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Good point Ys Guy. I get both sides of that argument, but I just think a lot of people are full of it when they say player X is dogging it, or player X doesn’t have heart. Not all of the time…but most of the time. I’m pretty sure, somewhere, somehow, someone has accused Jeter of dogging it, even.

  53. Chip February 21st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    blake February 21st, 2012 at 11:59 am

    So why did the Sox trade their SS again?
    ——————

    Clear money to sign a pitcher – which they didn’t do.

  54. RespectTheGame February 21st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It was written maybe last week that Jeter liked to hang around Jones. That says something to me because I don’t believe Jeter would hang around a teammate at the ballpark who doesn’t respect the game.

    Someone close to Jones a couple of months ago said Jones was not content to be a part-timer the rest of his career and was working very hard to try and win a corner OF job with NY in ’12.

    His long home runs were great to see, but my favorite A. Jones moment in ’11 was that successful 14 pitch at bat (IIRC) against the RedSox at home on Sunday Night Baseball:)

  55. Ys Guy February 21st, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    “LGY February 21st, 2012 at 11:54 am
    I wonder how much you have to tip to have a restaurant heat up your own food. But then again, as they say, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.”
    ===========================================
    as a lifelong restauranter, i can tell you this is a very bad idea. unless they let you into the kitchen to watch them heat up your food, you do not want to try this. lets just say cooks resent people not eating what they cook (the way they cook it) and often ‘foriegn debris’ can find it’s way into food particularly of customers who don’t just order off the menu.

    (this also applies to people who order things that arent on the menu and items sent back to the kitchen as not being cooked correctly)

    he should just hire a personal chef.

  56. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    It is dangerous, haha. And thanks. I haven’t posted on anything baseball related in a few years, missed having some good ol’ fashioned discussions.

  57. Chip February 21st, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Blake -

    The bigger question is this:

    If the Sox were going to trade their starting SS to clear salary then why did they also trade their back up SS for a closer and then trade for another closer – leaving them with two closers and Nick Punto at SS.

  58. Ys Guy February 21st, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    “Clear money to sign a pitcher – which they didn’t do.”
    ====================================

    whadya mean, they signed ross “longhorn” ohlendorf, who’s going to start the season on the dl apparently…

  59. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Chip –

    The Red Sox are just a mess, that is my explanation! I don’t think they will make the playoffs, IMO.

  60. Patrick February 21st, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Lets hope Soriano doesn’t dog it in the spring this year like he did in 2011. He is not Mariano Rivera by any stretch and needs to work this spring to be ready for the season. It was really obvious he simply wasn’t ready to pitch at 100% when the season started last year. He didn’t prepare enough during the spring and it contributed to his poor showing and likely also contributed to his injury.

  61. Chip February 21st, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Boston has a ton of money tied up on the DL already and the season hasn’t started – Dice, Lackey, Jenks – they have a weak bench of Aviles, Shoppach, Ross and Lavarnaway and are going to likely need both Aceves and Bard to transition from short relief to starter to have a shot. And they lack the minor league talent to bring in players during the season.

  62. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Wish I coulda heard that Knute Rockne pep talk Cashman gave the players yesterday. That’s the kinda fodder that could More than carry an episode of Seinfeld. Some people just do Not know their strengths and their weaknesses.

  63. LGY February 21st, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Haha thanks, I see it now.

    He was chilling by the pool and wanted to eat his own food. What’s the big deal? :D

  64. RespectTheGame February 21st, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Wish I coulda heard that Knute Rockne pep talk Cashman gave the players yesterday. That’s the kinda fodder that could More than carry an episode of Seinfeld. Some people just do Not know their strengths and their weaknesses.

    ———————————————————————————————
    X2 …LOL

  65. blake February 21st, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    “Clear money to sign a pitcher – which they didn’t do.x

    Exactly…..seems like somewhat of a major bungle to me.

  66. stuckey February 21st, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    If the Sox score anywhere near 875 runs again, they’ll be factors.

  67. blake February 21st, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I really don’t think Cherington is off to a good start …..he’s traded away his SS, his Rfer, his backup SS, and failed to bring back the best closer on the market. Im.sure their payroll has something to do with the moves…..but they don’t add up to me.

    If they don’t add a pitcher then trading Scutero is just indefensible to me.

  68. Patrick February 21st, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    If the Sox score anywhere near 875 runs again, they’ll be factors.

    The more I think about the AL this season the more I think the Red Sox will be lucky to even be in the race. They have 3 good pitchers in the rotation, all 3 of which ended the 2011 season on a down note. They don’t have a shortstop, the RF situation looks pretty bad and Crawford is going to be recovering from a wrist injury not to mention his terrible 2011 season. And their bullpen is completely remade. I see a ton of holes on the Boston team and I could actually see them finishing fourth in the division.

  69. Howe Farr February 21st, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I think Donnybrook’s reason has to do with less of what he saw, but who Andruw Jones is. It happens to certain players, like Cano, but other players like Chipper Jones are never accused of “dogging it”

  70. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    “He was chilling by the pool and wanted to eat his own food. What’s the big deal?”

    He probably gives out $100s like towels…

  71. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    “Exactly…..seems like somewhat of a major bungle to me.”

    Saving the money for the trading deadline?

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 11:21 am
    Jones put up a 122 OPS+ last season. That’s hardly goodbye worthy.
    ///

    Jones can still hit but what seems to be under appreciated is that he can still field at a high level.

    Still gets high level jumps and can still get there. If he comes back in shape, the Yankees could have themselves a plus OF, as well.

  73. blake February 21st, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....12998.html

    BA top 100 is up

  74. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    - PROJECTED 2012 AL EAST STANDINGS -

    (1) NEW YORK YANKEES – Healthy A-ROD returns to offensive form.

    (2) TAMPA BAY RAYS – MOORE wins AL ROY inna walk.

    (3) TORONTO BLUE JAYS – BAUTISTA can’t do it alone.

    (4) BOSTON RED SOX – VALENTINE ponders becoming a Player-Mgr.

    (5) BALTIMORE O’s – WIETERS assumes role vacated by Mauer. Top AL offensive Catcher.

  75. Bret The Hitman February 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    If Buchholz is healthy, the Sox will be better this year on that upgrade alone. I know we all hate them but Beckett-Lester-Buchholz is an excellent 1-2-3. And Aceves is right there with Freddy Garcia.

    They have Bailey and Melancon in the pen for big outs.

    A healthy Youkilis makes a difference for them as well. Pedroia, Gonzalez, Ellsbury and Ortiz are extremely dangerous.

    Now way that team misses the playoffs with the extra wild card.

  76. blake February 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    “Saving the money for the trading deadline?”

    Maybe…..what about winning with Nick Punto until then?

  77. Patrick February 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Believe it or not, Jones was not that bad in the field last year.

    Fun fact, Andruw Jones is 2nd all time in overall defensive WAR. Probably the greatest fielding CF of all time, no joke.

  78. UnKnown February 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Bill Hall needs to get added to the names that will take BP today. I would love it if he could make the team. Seems like an awesome clubhouse guy and a lot of fun.

  79. blake February 21st, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    The Sox COULD be very good……lot of talent….but a lot of injury risk and lack of depth. They’ll need a lot of things to go right….

  80. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    bret – everything has to break right for them. no margin for error, injuries, or fried chicken/beer…..

  81. Nick in SF February 21st, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Good news, LoHud Ladies: now you can have a Baseball Boyfriend!

    Baseball Boyfriend is a single draftee fantasy sports mini game designed for girls. Pick your boyfriend for the season, dump him if he can’t perform and pick up a new BBBF. Boyfriends earn you points daily. Girl with the most points at the end wins.

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  82. RespectTheGame February 21st, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    What Patrick said…

    I think the Sox are going to have a real battle even earning that proposed 2nd wild card spot. Starting pitching durability and depth are real questions marks for sure…plus A. Bailey has health issues. Patchwork SS and RF plus CC’s health/performance in LF are other big issues as well. Youkilis’ health is a concern as well. Odds not great Ellsbury can repeat his ’11; of course same can be said for Grandy. Plus side AGon’s shoulder is much stronger, Pedroia has less or/no metal now in his body:) Lavarnway could continue to rake and Bobby V is the new set of eyes and direction that team needs.

    CC is still open for debate, but add Lackey in and the shape their farm system is in, they should be giving the Cubs a prospect, not talking one:)

  83. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Groupies across the country now wish they had trademarked the phrase.

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    blake February 21st, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    http://www.baseballamerica.com…..12998.html

    BA top 100 is up
    ///

    After this season, Betances will quantum jump on this list.

    Not that I put much stock in it. Darvish ahead of Montero? Sure, guys. I would have embraced him as Jesus’ teammate, though.

  85. Patrick February 21st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Not that I put much stock in it. Darvish ahead of Montero? Sure, guys. I would have embraced him as Jesus’ teammate, though.

    Darvish on the list is a joke, when I got to his name the rankings lost all credibility. Darvish is not a prospect..

  86. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I have serious questions regarding Bailey in that R\Sox Closer role. I woulda just given Bard the 9th inning. Big Joba Gamble\Yo-Yoing Bard into a SP.

  87. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Patrick February 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm
    Believe it or not, Jones was not that bad in the field last year.

    Fun fact, Andruw Jones is 2nd all time in overall defensive WAR. Probably the greatest fielding CF of all time, no joke.
    ///

    Best defender in CF that I’ve ever seen, in any case.

    The problem in Jones’ fielding had actually more to do with belief than with reality.

    While he was being torched for smiling and bad defense, he was actually providing decent defense. He made a couple of plays early that told me he’s still got it. Being in great shape is going to get him more noticed out there by folks who think turbo speed is all there is to defense.

  88. DONNYBROOK February 21st, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Along with Braun, still NO official MLB Announcement as to the 2nd Wild Card being added this season.

  89. jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    JAP, I agree with you. Totally disagree with anyone that says Jones plays awful D at this stage of his career. He looked decent out there, even with a bum knee.

  90. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    jpmatrixfan88 February 21st, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    JAP, I agree with you. Totally disagree with anyone that says Jones plays awful D at this stage of his career. He looked decent out there, even with a bum knee.
    ///

    jp, yup. You could see the knee was hindering him, not any decline in knowing how to field. He still gets off the ball beautifully and still runs through the ball.


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